While the Spanier decision was an easy one to make (the way he bungled the sex abuse allegations against a former assistant coach was sickening), the Paterno decision had to be tough. I mean, we are talking about a coaching legend in a small college town who was revered. And judging from the reaction of those college kids, the Board knew that firing Paterno would not be a popular decision.
However, the reaction from the students justified why firing Paterno was the right decision. The last thing the university needed was Paterno coaching the last home game of his career in front of 100,000 screaming, adoring fans. It would have been a glorified pep rally for Paterno, despite of what he didn’t do to help that rape victim. Speaking of the victims, how would they have felt seeing that?
I said it before, and I’ll say it again: Paterno did not any thing wrong LEGALLY, but did so MORALLY. Why Paterno never confronted that pedophile over the allegation was beyond me.
Paterno seems to be a really good old dude who made a terrible decision, and must suffer the consequences.